I was hoping to post a fairly long piece for today's Sunday Verse, but the entry I made last night grew unexpectedly long, using up most of my free time. Today's selection must therefore be brief.
After Getting Drunk, Becoming Sober in the Night
by PO CHU-I
Our party scattered at yellow dusk and I came home to bed;
I woke at midnight and went for a walk, leaning heavily on a friend.
As I lay on my pillow my vinous complexion, soothed by sleep, grew sober;
In front of the tower the ocean moon, accompanying the tide, had risen.
The swallows, about to return to the beams, went back to roost again;
The candle at my window, just going out, suddenly revived its light.
All the time till dawn came, still my thoughts were muddled;
And in my ears something sounded like the music of flutes and strings.